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Old 04-08-2017, 11:57 AM
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Default Federal halfway house, can I take him? Is it safe to mail his ID's?

Hi! Do inmates really need valid IDs prior to release? My man just told me to prepare his IDs when his case manager asks for it. Also, what's the process of the release to the halfway house? He told me I can pick him up but I also read other things here. Lastly, is it safe to send his IDs? Because I'm sending his passport, license and birth certificate and I'm scared it'll get lost. I'm new to this so any comments are welcome! Thank you
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When I was released on an unescorted furlough to a HWH over 2000 miles away, I left with my bop prisoner's photo ID card, which was acceptable for all forms of public transportation (I took AMTRAK) so sending his ID in the mail isn't necessary. My unit team also ordered a copy of my Social Security card, but they either forgot to submit the order, or misplaced it if it did arrive since I never received it.

If you will be picking him up yourself, take his ID with you so there is less chance that it will be lost.

If his case manager approves having you drive him from the prison to the HWH, it will be detailed in his written furlough instructions which he will be given as he is released from prison. Be sure to follow his furlough instructions exactly.
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When I was released on an unescorted furlough to a HWH over 2000 miles away, I left with my bop prisoner's photo ID card, which was acceptable for all forms of public transportation (I took AMTRAK) so sending his ID in the mail isn't necessary. My unit team also ordered a copy of my Social Security card, but they either forgot to submit the order, or misplaced it if it did arrive since I never received it.



If you will be picking him up yourself, take his ID with you so there is less chance that it will be lost.



If his case manager approves having you drive him from the prison to the HWH, it will be detailed in his written furlough instructions which he will be given as he is released from prison. Be sure to follow his furlough instructions exactly.


Thank you! I hope I really don't have to send his passport. It's the only ID he has left. I don't know why his case manager said he needs his IDs.

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I was able to pick up (then) boyfriend from FCI Englewood and we had a specific time we had to be at the halfway house in Council Bluffs in something like 26 hours... a ridiculously long time considering it's about an 8 hour drive. I honestly don't remember needing an ID for anything. Sorry I am not much help on that. I probably wouldn't mail a passport and driver's license unless you sent it insured and registered.
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I had lost my driver's license prior to going to prison so I didn't have any ID initially except my federal inmate ID. I used it to get my drivers license in order, etc. Used it for quite a few things with no problem.

My parents picked me up from FCI Beaumont and dropped me at the halfway house in Houston. No issues.. No fuss.. Just had 3-4 hours to get there, I believe. Enough time to stop and have my first freeworld meal in a long time.
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I had lost my driver's license prior to going to prison so I didn't have any ID initially except my federal inmate ID. I used it to get my drivers license in order, etc. Used it for quite a few things with no problem.

My parents picked me up from FCI Beaumont and dropped me at the halfway house in Houston. No issues.. No fuss.. Just had 3-4 hours to get there, I believe. Enough time to stop and have my first freeworld meal in a long time.


I have a question, my hubby is leaving USP Beaumont next Tuesday to head to his halfway house in MASS. Does he have to take the Greyhound bus or can he fly with his inmate ID?? Also, do they bring him to the bustop or airport?
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If he wants to travel to the HWH any differently than the way the bop decides to send him, he has to have prior approval from his case manager, and he must pay for the ticket himself. If allowed (including being picked up at the prison by family) it has to be written into his furlough instructions. If he decides to fly instead, his prison photo ID will allow him to travel that way.

He will be driven to the bus station or airport/Amtrak from the prison.
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If he wants to travel to the HWH any differently than the way the bop decides to send him, he has to have prior approval from his case manager, and he must pay for the ticket himself. If allowed (including being picked up at the prison by family) it has to be written into his furlough instructions. If he decides to fly instead, his prison photo ID will allow him to travel that way.



He will be driven to the bus station or airport/Amtrak from the prison.


Okay thank you. Im not sure if he has approval to fly, I will ask, if not he can take the bus.
Another question too, I was told that I could "secretly" meet him at the bus station and ride with him on the Greyhound? Is that true? Will he be supervised at the bus station or will it just be a drop off?
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No exaggeration, released bop inmates have found themselves back in prison for having someone meet them on a public bus. That seems like a stretch, even for the bop, but they definitely do it. A retired bop manager posted a warning on PTO about "furlough violations" and said they automatically cancelled any time in the half way house.

I left prison in a van driven by a camp inmate, but who knows, they might have been required to report any "secretly" arranged meetings or if the inmate didn't actually board the bus.

Why risk it for a few hours together on a public bus, especially if the case manager might allow it if asked far enough in advance for the paperwork to catch up. He will still be "in bop custody" until his end of sentence date, which means that any conduct violations at the HWH, or in-route there, frequently result in an immediate arrest by the US Marshals, and a quick trip back to the closest prison.
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No exaggeration, released bop inmates have found themselves back in prison for having someone meet them on a public bus. That seems like a stretch, even for the bop, but they definitely do it. A retired bop manager posted a warning on PTO about "furlough violations" and said they automatically cancelled any time in the half way house.



I left prison in a van driven by a camp inmate, but who knows, they might have been required to report any "secretly" arranged meetings or if the inmate didn't actually board the bus.



Why risk it for a few hours together on a public bus, especially if the case manager might allow it if asked far enough in advance for the paperwork to catch up. He will still be "in bop custody" until his end of sentence date, which means that any conduct violations at the HWH, or in-route there, frequently result in an immediate arrest by the US Marshals, and a quick trip back to the closest prison.


Okay so theres a chance that they will allow me to ride with him if he asks? OMG This is all so scary! I dont want to mess anything up!
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It will depend on his case manager if you will be able to ride the bus with him.

He will receive detailed, written furlough instructions before he leaves the prison. I was given mine as I was leaving prison. The key is for him to follow them exactly. If it says taxi from the bus station to the HWH, then that is how he needs to arrive there.

If he is delayed and may not arrive by the deadline, he will have two phone numbers to call, the HWH and the prison. His reason for being late will be checked out too.
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It will depend on his case manager if you will be able to ride the bus with him.



He will receive detailed, written furlough instructions before he leaves the prison. I was given mine as I was leaving prison. The key is for him to follow them exactly. If it says taxi from the bus station to the HWH, then that is how he needs to arrive there.



If he is delayed and may not arrive by the deadline, he will have two phone numbers to call, the HWH and the prison. His reason for being late will be checked out too.


Okay, And they give him money and a phone, Or money to at least use a phone?
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He will have a debit card with his remaining inmate account balance loaded onto it. If he doesn't have any money, the bop is able to give him gate money (in fact they can give it to everyone, but almost never do). I left before they switched to debit cards, and was handed (not nearly enough) cash for the trip, and the rest was mailed to the HWH in a check.

Purchasing a prepaid phone card at a drug store should reduce the cost of his payphone calls, although many of them have a penalty of X minutes when using them that way.
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